tv CBS Evening News With Scott Pelley CBS September 24, 2015 6:30pm-7:01pm EDT
>> pelley: the pope and congress-- he who humbles himself is exalted. ( applause ) >> i am happy that america continues to be for many a land of dreams. >> pelley: also tonight, a deadly collision. victims include tourists and college students. before vladimir putin meets with the president, he sat down with charlie rose. >> reporter: so you would like to join the united states in the fight against isis. >> pelley: and. >> i feel really excited because a lot of kids never got to meet the pope. >> pelley: tomorrow, she will. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley.
>> pelley: late today, pope francis landed in new york city, the second stop on his three-city visit to the united states. the popes was greeted by a crowd at john f. kennedy airport as you see him walking out there. this was just a little over an hour ago. he was flown by helicopter to downtown manhattan, and we have a live picture now of fifth avenue in new york. that's the pope in his little fiat. he is heading over to the popemobile, and he will be getting on board of poep mobeing beacomomobile and greeght the pe of new york city. the pope flew in from washington earlier where he made a historic address to congress. after the speech, the pope greeted thousands outside the u.s. capitol, and he blessed an infant in statuary hall.
he visited the needy in washington, and stopped to pose selflessly for a selfie. this evening, the humble pope is greeting crowds that you just saw there on fifth avenue on the most expensive street in the world. he is en route to a prayer service at new york's st. patrick's cathedral, the 135-year-old gothic structure that has been renovated over the last three years just for the pope's visit today. and as we watch the pope getting on board the popemobile, we'll go to chip reid at st. patrick's. chip. >> reporter: scott, he's four blocks north of here. we're on 51 at fifth avenue. he's on 55th. he should be here in a matter of minute to st. patrick's cathedral. there are thousands of people lining the street, and as you can imagine they are just beside themselves with anticipation. some of these people went to
extraordinary lengths to be here. for example, sergio campus, we talked to, traveled from venezuela with his mother, and has been waiting on the street for seven hours just to get a glimpse of the pope. >> i'm excited because i'm seeing the biggest personality of the catholic church. this is our hero. it's something that moves you, you know. it's something that you need to see. >> reporter: the jones ibrahim family came all the way from massachusetts and washington, d.c. to see one of their heroes. >> we are supporting him because of his stance about inequality and his support of immigrants, immigration, protection of the planet. >> it's historic. we're a part of history. >> reporter: in an entirely different category of person, we spotted donald trump on a balcony overlooking fifth avenue. and by the way, scott, st. patrick's cathedral behind me, you can see behind me a large group of invited guests back there. there are about 500 people. half of them are people who worked on the cathedral
renovation that was finished recently. the other half are area catholic high school students, and most of those got to be here because they performed extraordinary service for the community and for the church. >> pelley: chip reid just up fifth avenue from the pope right now at st. patrick's cathedral. this is a live picture you're watching now, the pope just on pord the popemobile on fifth avenue, the humble pope on the most expensive street in the world. thousands of people lining the street as they often do. this is new york's favorite thoroughfare for parades, and pretty soon the pope will be rolling down the street just a few blocks to get to the prayer service at st. patrick's. this morning, francis became the the first pope in history to address a joint meeting of congress. he scoldedly the lawmakers, and they loved it. here's nancy cordes. >> mr. speaker! the pope of the holy see.
( applause ) >> reporter: the first pope ever to set foot in the capitol was greeted with rapturous applause. like any good guest, he started out with a compliment saying he was glad to be... ( applause ) >> reporter: and then the argentinian-born pope waded into many of the issues that divide these lawmakers, urging them to reject what he called a mindset of hostility when it comes to illegal immigrants and refugees. ( applause )
( applause ) >> reporter: he also called on congress to combat climate change, an issue dear to many democrats. >> reporter: on social issues, the pope said every life is sacred, a reference to both abortion and to the death penalty, which he argued should be abolished. >> reporter: and he seemed to be referring to same-sex marriage when he said this: >> reporter: house speaker john boehner, who is catholic, invited the pope last spring. as he waited to great him this morning, boehner worked hard to hold back tears and succumbed to them repeatedly thereafter, as he and the nation's first
catholic vice president flanked the pope on the dais. later on the speaker's balcony, boehner was overcome again as the pope blessed a crowd of thousand gathered on the national mall and asked them to pray for him. >> reporter: one word the pope used repeatedly today was "dialogue." he said good leaders promote peace by engaging in it. and several lawmakers told us that's the message that will stick with them since they work in a place, scott, where people tend to talk past each other. >> pelley: nancy cordes at the capitol. thank you, nancy. let's go back to that live picture of the pope. this is the pope coming up fifth avenue in manhattan, live picture. thousand of people lining the streets to greet the pope, his first trip in his life to the united states, the first pope, of course, from the americas.
very excited crowds. there he is. he's headed to st. patrick's cathedral. in the 50s, between 50 and 51st on fifth avenue. and he's going to make that a slow trip as he greets the faithful. pope francis has said that the most beautiful expressions of joy are in poor people with little to hold on to. well, he sought that joy today at catholic charities in washington. and here's jan crawford. >> reporter: he's been called the pope of the poor. he spoke directly to those who have gone without. >> ( translated ): in prayer there is no first or second class. there is brotherhood. >> reporter: he shared his message of hope with people who work directly with the poor and some of the needy they serve, like lanita key, a former drug addict who once was homeless.
>> it felt like energy just went through my hand as he touched it and grabbed it. >> reporter: key was one of many who connected with the pope and felt blessed. >> he's delivering the message that god is here for us. god is here for us. >> reporter: concern for the poor is a foundation of catholicism and francis has pledged to restore the dignity of those in need. the vatican now hands out sleeping bags to homeless around st. peter's square and even built them showers. the homeless see francis as a protector. >> he's here for homelessness and to make our world better. >> reporter: and in washington, after saying a prayer over lunch, the pope also made their world brighter. >> this is a good thing. like jesus' last supper, so we're supping with the pope. >> reporter: catrice haynesworth get help with her rent from catholic charities and
got a selfie with the pope. she hopes his message resonates. >> i hope and pray that our government officials take something from that and really work for the people. >> reporter: now, if there were any question about the pope's priorities, scott, he passed up a lunch in his honor on capitol hill to come here today and spend time with the less fortunate. >> pelley: jan crawford reporting in washington. jan, thanks very much. well, there is a good deal of other news in the world today, so we will move on to seattle, where four people were killed and dozens injured when an amphibious tour boat collided with a charter bus that was filled with foreign college students. all of the dead were students. omar villafranca has the story. >> reporter: the charter bus carrying 48 international students was blindsided as they traveled back to their community college in seattle. the ride the ducks tour vehicle can travel on land and in author. >> it all happened so fast. >> reporter: brad volm was
driving behind the ride the ducks boat when he saw it swerve out of the lane and hit a charter bus headed in the opposite direction. >> i got out of my car and there were bodies everywhere. >> reporter: a passenger riding the tour boat spoke moments after the accident. >> maybe the traffic slowed down and we veered out of control and we hit the bus here. and just spinning around and people were being thrown out of the duck and things like that. >> reporter: the aurora bridge is notoriously narrow with a speed limit of 30 miles an hour. at least 44 passengers from both vehicles were taken to hospitals. eight of them are in critical condition. mayor ed murray: >> this is a terrible tragedy and our thoughts, the thoughts and prayers of this city go out to everyone. >> reporter: the c.e.o. for ride the ducks says that they are cooperating with the investigation, and, scott, he also sent his condolences to the familieses of those that were killed. >> pelley: six people were killed today when their s.u.v.
flipped, ending a police chase near houston. there were 15 people crammed inside the ford explorer. some of them were from honduras and guatemala. police suspect it was a human smuggling operation. today, the white house said president obama will meet with russian president vladimir putin on monday in new york. syria's civil war will undoubtedly come up. putin just sent a fleet of russian warplanes to prop up the assad dictatorship there, and today some of those planes struck isis positions in aleppo. on assignment for "60 minutes," charlie rose asked putin about russia's intentions in syria. >> reporter: so you would like to join the united states in the fight against isis? that's part of why you're there. others thing that while that may be part of your goal, you're trying to save the assad administration because they've been losing ground, and the war has not been going well for
them. and you're there to rescue them. >> ( translated ): well, you're right. and it's my deep belief that any actions to the contrary in order to destroy the legitimate government will create a situation which you can witness now in the other countries of the region, or in other regions, for instance, in libya. where all the state institutions are disintegrated. we see the similar situation in iraq, and there's no other solution to the syrian crisis than strengthening the effective government structures and representedderring them help in fighting terrorism. but at the same time, urging them to engage in positive dialogue with the rational opposition and conduct reform. >> reporter: as you know, some of the coalition partners want to see president assad go first before they will support. >> ( translated ): i'd like to recommend to them the following
they should send this message to the syrian people. it's only the syrian people who are entitled to decide who should govern their country and how. >> pelley: charlie's interview with vladimir putin, plus candidate donald trump reveals his tax plan this sunday on the 48th season premiere of "60 minutes." we want to go back to chip reid now at st. patrick's cathedral in new york where the pope is just arriving. chip. >> reporter: yes, scott, i think you can probably see the pope there. they're just-- the roar from the crowd as he's being welcomed by governor cuomo, mayor diblawsio, senator chuck schumer and in the red cap that is cardinal dolan, the archbishop of new york. he has been there for a few minute now. i guess they all want to have their moment with the pope. he is then going to walk into st. patrick's cathedral. they just in the last few minutes opened those big brass
doors that weigh 9200 pound a piece. he's weaving to the crowd now and he's getting the response that he always gets-- they go crazy. and when he goes in to the cathedral, there is a whole specific series of things he has to do. he is going to kiss a crucifix and a number of other things that-- that are all choreographed ahead of time. and then he is going to participate and help conduct evening prayer, otherwise known as a vesper's service. and here he goes. he's heading now up the steps. scott. >> pelley: chip, thanks very much. the bells of st. patrick's peeling over manhattan. and we will be back with more right after this.
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candidates in double digits. cbs news has been investigating one of trump's businesses. that is the target of a number of lawsuit. it's the now-defunct trump university, a non-acreditted school that offered, among other things, real estate seminars, but no degrees. here's julianna goldman. >> reporter: in 2010, gary smith was unemployed. he saw an ad for trump university and turned to a known brand. >> my impression was that, you know, he was going to be able to give a lot of guidance, in particular, like i said for the finance aspect of real estate. >> reporter: smith spent more than $35,000 on trump university university. while he gave the the program mixed feedback at the time, he later contacted the attorney general of new york who had filed a $40 million lawsuit against trump claiming he defrauded students and made an estimated $5 million. can you point to any financial gain? >> i didn't get any financial gaimed.
it's been a big-time net loss at this point. >> i didn't want to put my name on anything having to do with education unless it was going to be the best. >> reporter: thousands around the country attended a three-day, $1500 cell seminar, taught by motivational speakers, like james harris. >> people call me the money motivator. >> reporter: harris and others were paid on commission to sell additional trump training, like the $35,000 mentorship called the trump gold elite package. former student told cbs news harris and other instructors urged them to increase the credit limit on their credit cards to fund their courses. alan garten is trump's attorney. >> it certainly wasn't something that was encouraged or something that was implemented across the board. >> reporter: an internal 2010 memo shows trump employees acknowledge students' expectations for the mentorship program are not always realistically set or consistently met. the school began winding down later that summer. >> the vast majority of students, almost all the students, got their money's worth and were satisfied. >> reporter: trump says
student surveys show a 98% satisfaction rate. court documents show 40% of the students who signed contracts asked for their money back and got it. scott, trump's attorney says that demstraights their generous refund policy. >> pelley: julianna goldman, thanks. these school kids are very excited about someone who is coming to see them tomorrow, and we'll have their story next. when you're not confident your company's data is secure, the possibility of a breach can quickly become the only thing you think about. that's where at&t can help. at at&t we monitor our network traffic so we can see things others can't.
>> pelley: the pope this evening in st. patrick's cathedral in new york. children especially are drawn to francis, and he will be visiting some school kid in harlem tomorrow. elaine quijano is there. >> reporter: for weeks, student at our lady queen of angels have prepared for the pope's visit. >> i feel really excited because a lot of kids never got to meet the pope. >> reporter: third grader
allison reyes is one of six students from the school choseep by lottery to meet with him. >> the pope really likes taking care of the poor, and likes taking care of the environment. and he really loves kids. >> reporter: eight-year-old pedro hernandez can't wait to show the pope his project on the environment. >> in this school we're recycling, and we aren't wasting energy because we're opening the windows so we don't have to use the fan. >> reporter: third grader aaron diaz wonders about the serious lung infection the pope had decades ago. >> i want to ask him how he could sill survive after he has only one lung and a half. >> reporter: fourth graders ngueubou kamwa and nicholas marronaro have modern-day concerns. >> i know he took one time a selfie, if he knew it was actually called a selfie or he just thought it was a photo. >> reporter: do you knowledge he has a cell phone? >> i don't know. >> if he does, he probe has a flip one because he probably
doesn't want to spend too much money on doing-- on getting unnecessary stuff. >> reporter: the pope's humility has left an impression on these kid. >> i think they offered him a big home in rome, and he didn't want to take it, and he took a little house instead. he thought it was too fancy. >> reporter: aaron diaz has a special request from his dad. >> he want meas to ask him to pray for mets so they way they can guarantee the play-offs. >> reporter: are you going to do that? >> i guess so. >> reporter: in the middle of a highly choreographed visit, the pope is making time for these children and their unscripted moments. elaine quijano, cbs news, new york. >> pelley: and we'll be right back. ( applause )
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>> they call him the people's pope. >> i just hope that when the pope gets here, ill at least be close enough to below him a kiss and say thank you. >> on a mission to spread hope, to not only catholics, but the entire world. >> he has great talent. >> pope francis walks among the people, blessing the disable, the poor, those on the fringes of society, he's like a rock star with a during fans want to go catch a glimpse or even better a blessing. >> father, come to ask for his blessings. i don't have much. >> pope francis comes to the city of brotherly love hoping to strengthen a fragile, shrinking church. it is an event of massive proportions, planning and security measures like we've never